Publications List

Comprehensive listing of books, reports, and research on regional cooperation and integration (RCI) in South Asia and relevant global RCI publications, including publications on transport, trade facilitation, energy, and economic corridors in the SASEC region.

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Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Integration for a New Era of Collective Action: Proceedings of the 2022 Regional Cooperation and Integration Conference

This publication discusses new directions for expanding regional cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific, as laid out in the Regional Cooperation and Integration Conference held in 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. One panel discussion tackled how regional platforms such as the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) could support cross-border environmental protection of shared natural resources. In another panel, Mr. Nilaya Mitash, principal operations coordination specialist on regional cooperation for the Asian Development Bank, discussed cross-border logistics and the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) initiative under the SASEC program.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2023


Tags: ADB, Logistics, Regional Cooperation, Electronic Cargo Tracking System, SASEC

Connecting to Compete 2023: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy

Connecting to Compete presents the findings from the latest data from the 2023 Logistics Performance Index (LPI) and its six component indicators: Customs, infrastructure, international shipments, logistics competence, tracking and tracing, and timeliness. The seventh edition, which now covers 139 countries, is released following unprecedented disruptions in supply chains amid the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Author: World Bank

Year: 2023


Tags: WB, Trade, Logistics, South Asia

Role of Northeast Indian States in Shaping India's Logistics Performance

The Government of India launched the National Logistics Policy in 2022 to improve the ease of doing business in the country. The policy integrates infrastructure and network planning and aims to make logistics services and human resources more efficient. This paper explains the current status of logistics and connectivity in India as well as the northeastern region's potential to expand domestic and international trade. The paper also identifies opportunities and initiatives to improve logistics performance.

Author: Bijaya Roy and Mihir Shekhar Bhonsale

Year: 2022


Tags: India, Logistics, Regional Connectivity

COVID-19 and Transport in Asia and the Pacific: Guidance Note

This guidance note outlines the effects of the coronavirus disease pandemic on the transport sector in developing Asia and the Pacific. In India, for example, rail freight traffic in April and May 2020 had decreased by 28% compared with demand in 2019. The publication shares possible measure for a post-pandemic recovery that provides greener and more resilient recovery. The publication also proposes regional cooperation bodies for coordinating cross-border freight and logistics and international air travel.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2020


Tags: ADB, Regional Cooperation, India, Transport, Logistics, ADB RCI

Developing Multimodal Logistics Parks in India

Multimodal logistics parks (MMLPs) help bring down the cost of logistics and improve logistics performance by providing services in freight aggregation and distribution, multimodal freight transport, integrated storage and warehousing, technology support, and value-added services. This brief from the Asian Development Bank examines the potential of MMLPs to support supply chains in India and discusses the feasibility of MMLPs in Bengaluru and Guwahati.

Author: Sabyasachi Mitra, Hoe Yun Jeong, Kavita Iyengar, Bhuwan Bhaskar Agrawal, Shreyans Jain, and Atu Sanganeria

Year: 2020


Tags: ADB, Bangladesh, India, Logistics, ADB RCI

Connecting to Compete 2018: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy

Connecting to Compete summarizes the findings from the latest data from the 2018 Logistics Performance Index (LPI) and its six component indicators. The book aims to help countries frame policies by looking at supply chain performance and constraints in 100 countries, using data on time, distance and reliability; and ratings on domestic infrastructure quality, services, and border agencies. Among lower-middle-income countries, India stands among the top performers with an LPI score of 3.18 and ranked 44th.

Author: Arvis et al.

Year: 2018


Tags: India, Logistics

Connecting to Compete

Connecting to Compete scores and benchmarks countries’ performance on logistics, which is determined by various factors including infrastructure, regulations, policies, geography, and political economy. In the 2016 Logistics Performance Index (LPI), which measures the efficiency of international supply chains, the “logistics gap” between more and less developed countries remain evident. Among SASEC member countries, India is a top performing lower-middle-income economy, improving its rank from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016. Bangladesh is ranked 87, Maldives is ranked 104, Nepal is ranked 124, and Bhutan is ranked 135. The publication remarks that coastal countries score better than landlocked countries—a pattern clearly evident in South Asia—and notes that lack of integration in the region keeps the good logistics performance of India from improving the rankings of its neighbors. For countries at the bottom of the rankings, border management reforms continue to be a serious concern, as paperwork and long delays constrain trade efficiency.

Author: Jean-François Arvis, Daniel Saslavsky, Lauri Ojala, Ben Shepherd, Christina Busch, Anasuya Raj, and Tapio Naula

Year: 2016


Tags: Logistics, Business Efficiency, Trade Facilitation

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